Born in Brownville, Alabama, James A. Turner was the founding partner of Turner and Turner, P.C. Fondly known as Jimmy, Mr. Turner was a member of the Marines and fought in World War II. In 1945 he participated in the landing of Iwo Jima where he was severely injured and blinded. He was later awarded the Purple Heart for his efforts.
Jimmy returned from the war and attended the University of Alabama where he received his undergraduate degree in 1949. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1952. Due to his injury, he was provided several readers for his courses. One reader, Louise Ingram, was particularly special to Jim. He and Louise eventually married. Upon graduation, Jim began a law practice in Tuscaloosa, where he was joined by Louise as a partner in the firm.
Jimmy practiced law at the firm of Turner and Turner for 49 years until he died in 2001. He fought vigorously for his clients in numerous areas of law. He was active in the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and served as President in 1968 and 1974. He was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Turner handled cases in the Eleventh Circuit and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama and the Alabama Supreme Court.
Jim and Louise raised three sons, Don, Ric and Glenn. They have three grandchildren, Brian, Lindsay and Brittany, and one great-granddaughter, Farris.